Open Call: Innovative Curtain Wall Design


The Center for Architecture is pleased to announce the results of its OPEN CALL for Innovative Curtain Wall Design.

All six finalists will be featured in our upcoming exhibition Integrate : Innovate.


Opening in the fall of 2010, Integrate : Innovate – building better together will be devoted to the field of construction. With the primary objective of educating the public about how buildings are assembled, the exhibition will also present profiles of innovative leaders in the building industry. Including contemporary case studies and historical material, the exhibition will chronicle how the U.S building industry has evolved and developed integrated, collaborative construction methodologies. From the physicality of curtain wall testing to the virtual space of BIM (Building Information Modeling), advances in the tools and techniques of construction will demonstrate how we are building smarter, greener and in more efficient and economical ways.

The curtain wall installation will be used as a hands-on tool for teaching the general public and students about how buildings are constructed, highlighting the interconnectedness of components and systems.


Liquid Wall by Peter Arbour, Assoc. AIA, and RFR Consulting Engineers

The LIQUID WALL is a unitized curtain wall system constructed using an innovative assembly of ultra-high-performance concrete and stainless steel. It is fabricated by casting methods which afford the designer a virtually unlimited range of expressive possibilities. Its performance qualities include improvements in natural day-lighting and ventilation, direct integration with building mechanical systems and 100% material recyclability.

The Liquid Wall will be built at full-scale with the generous support of F.J. Sciame Construction Company for our exhibition Integrate : Innovate.


The Integrated Concentrating Solar Façade System licensed by HeliOptix; developed by CASE / Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

The Integrated Concentrating Solar Façade System is an architectural façade assembly that both mitigates a building’s energy impact – by diffusing light and thereby reducing heating and cooling loads – but also positively contributes to the building’s energy performance by capturing and using electrical and thermal energy. The system is equipped with solar tracking capability, which enables it to maximize solar collection for conversion into usable energy at the source and to perform as a dynamic shading device to reduce solar gain and enhance interior lighting conditions.

A full-scale portion of The Integrated Concentrating Solar Façade System will be featured in our upcoming exhibition Integrate : Innovate.


Climate Camouflage: High Performance Masonry Envelope by CASE (Center for Architecture Science and Ecology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

F. A. T. (Fluent Adipose Tectonic): Face Lift by form-ula

HelioTrace Façade System by SOM, Permasteelisa, and Adaptive Building Initiative, a co-venture between Buro Happold and Hoberman and Associates

Self-Shading Curtain Wall, Kuwait University College of Education by Perkins+Will in joint venture with Dar Al-Handasah.

Peter Arbour, Assoc. AIA, and RFR Consulting Engineers

HeliOptix LLC


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